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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale) - Alpine Beer Company

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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale)
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87
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-20-2005)
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-12-2013 03:47:08 | More by spycow
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baron for sharing this one. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed dark golden body.

S - Maltier than you'd expect from Alpine, with notes of sugar cookie and icing sugar. A hefty dose of tropical fruits and citrus hops, with some obvious Simcoe and Citra contributions. Slightly catty and pungent.

T - The taste is hoppier, which is somewhat unusual. Zesty citrus and mild floral notes, along with some pine bitterness. This is more in line with what I expect from Alpine: dominating hops and unobtrusive malts.

M - Medium body, with pleasant moderate-to-high carbonation. Juicy, with a dry finish and some mild residual hop oils. Surprised by the listed 7.5%; guessed this was closer to 5%.

D - A solid brew, but not the most intense offering I've had form Alpine, which isn't surprising as wet hops tend to be more subdued and fresh in taste. Very drinkable stuff, but not one that I'd actively seek out again.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2012 00:26:57 | More by MasterSki
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HopHead84

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/7/2011

Thanks to AP for sharing the growler at our semiannual chutes and ladders grand master tournament. Snifter.

A: Appears an opaque dark orange with a modest beige cap. 

S: Grassy and resinous with soft citrus notes that bring to mind orange, peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. The citrus is expressive yet restrained. Floral notes emanate from the glass with each swirl. I get some cantaloupe as well. Malt is biscuity and lightly sweet.

T: Grass blends with bread and biscuit. Citrus is tame, with impressions of orange and tangerine. There's a lower moderate sweetness. Bitterness is low but there's a good deal of hop flavor.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid fresh hop pale ale with a really good aroma.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 04:10:59 | More by HopHead84
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srandycarter

California

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed as an American Strong Ale at 7.5%.

A - Murky apricot, small to no head, lots of thin lace is left.

S - Light malt - hardly any scent at all.

T - Very sweet, overripe pit fruits. Almost taste like it didn't reach FG. Bittering agent comes in to save the day.

M - Medium to full body. Hardly any carbonation. Balance is weird. I have trouble defining it. It seems messy.

D - Always love trying new things from one of the best breweries around. This just wasn't one of my favorites.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 04:37:03 | More by srandycarter
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notchucknorris

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Beautiful clear amber color with a thin off white head and nice lacing.

S: Fresh citrus hops, candied grapefruit, caramel and some faint pine hops.

T: Grapefruit, sweet lemon, honey, mango and a lot of citrus hop flavor with a smooth, malty backbone. Some slight bready malts and melon in the background. I really loved this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 22:29:43 | More by notchucknorris
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-05-2012 03:23:02 | More by tbeq00
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-21-2012 06:28:52 | More by Rollzroyce21
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2014 00:27:21 | More by bauermj
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Alpine. It's listed as an "amber" on the menu. Pint glass.

A: Cloudyish light pale/amber with a thin cap of white foam, receding to a ring. Leaves minimal lacing.

S: Fresh but very mild hops (citrus and topical), slightly vegetal (not in a bad way).

T: Same, with slight sweet and biscuity malt flavor in the back.

M: Medium light carbonation (unfortunately, a bit too light) with no real bite. Medium body.

O: Pretty drinkable. Tastes like a pale ale. I was expecting heavier hop presence (perhaps unjustifiably). It's hard to compete with the myriad other good offerings on tap there, so maybe it's death by comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 00:46:14 | More by pmarlowe
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-14-2011 14:54:29 | More by sideshowe
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2014 22:15:50 | More by DeanMoriarty
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OStrungT

California

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at O'Brien's. They have it for the Wet Hop Fest this weekend. I must say that I am impressed. It pours a golden brown with a small tan head. The head fades quickly leaving a small amount of laces. The aroma was a little hard to detect. It was slightly hoppy. Behind the hops, I detected some malty sweetness. The hop aroma was different that I am used to. It was fresher. I guess that would be appropriate since it was for the Wet Hop Fest. This beer has a hoppy taste to it. Not overly hoppy though. As with the aroma, it had a malty sweet taste also. This beer was very smooth. Very smooth. It leaves a fresh hop aftertaste. This beer is a great session beer. It was so easy to drink it. I think I will be back to O'Brien's this weekend drinking more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2005 22:28:46 | More by OStrungT
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Nugganooch

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Obrien’s Pub

Out of retirement and into my pint glass – 5 years long since last brewed. Must have been a good season.

A: WHAle pours a clear yet dark amber color that is looking more and more copper as I gaze upon my glass. My pint arrived a full brim pour leaving just a thin white foamy cap that floated about. Leaving some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Smells of juicy hop aromas with some bright apricot fruit notes. Resinous pines and wet danky herbs. Really nice nose.

T: This pale ale is juicy with hops that are resinous on the palate but with a more pronounced bready malt character to it. Hops are super fresh and in the flavors of citrus and pine. Nice moderately high bitterness levels. Great balance of sugars here. Biscuity with a tart accent on the finish. Slight alcohol flavors. Pretty darn good.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy texture. Sort of watery on the mouthfeel. Sticky none the less with a dry puckering finish.

D: A really square pale ale with nice overall balance. Thinkof a hopped up SNPA. A bit heavier on the bready malts for a hoppy Alpine brew but the wet hops really do work well here. Gives some really nice fresh hop flavors with a nice lingering bitterness. Just not the hop blast I was expecting.
Not Alpine’s best work but glad to have tracked this WhAle down and would definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 22:51:14 | More by Nugganooch
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On two up at alpine brewery

A- golden brown body with white head that stays around

S-nice hopped smell that is person dt fo wet hopping

T-follows the nose. Nice wetness that is so smooth. Great hop taste that doesn't linger

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Wish it was more avalible!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 21:22:40 | More by brew3crew
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nanobrew

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-14-2011 16:10:43 | More by nanobrew
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alpine's pub.
Poures a hazy amber color with a fairly small head that faded. The nose was balanced with hops and malt, primarily citrus notes. The taste is what I expected for the nose, its not overpowering but a well balanced combination of citrus hops and bready malt. It's got a lighter body and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable beer, that I could see having multiples of when I'm not in the mood for anything crazy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 21:15:25 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 21:46:03 | More by Neffbeer
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rand

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler to Mikasa pint

A: Golden-amber in color, clear, with a small, half-inch head, tightly bubbled. Little lacing, but this growler has been sitting in the fridge for a few days

S: Wow, really fruity bouquet. Sort of tropical-meets-berries. Pastry like aroma floats in the backdrop, almost earthy in tone.

T: Again, the fruit notes are really prominent. Apricot, mango, maybe a hint of blackberry. Hops take an earthy, tea-like approach as opposed to beating your tongue with piny bitterness. These flavors are nicely matched with honey-malt sweetness, with some lingering notes of oak at the finish.

M: Medium-to-light in body, maybe could have been a bit more viscous to carry the fruity flavors.

Another gem from Alpine. I'm not sure if they took a different approach here, as I'm getting pretty different flavors then my fellow BA's, not to mention the site states it's retired. This almost went unnoticed when I was leaving the pub, overshadowed by the release of Odin's Raven Barrel Aged.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2011 06:02:19 | More by rand
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mecmd

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-20-2012 22:07:05 | More by mecmd
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robear

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-24-2014 16:22:13 | More by robear
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-16-2011 17:45:51 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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DocJitsu

California

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with an orange hue with a quickly evaporating white head. Lovely grapefruit nose. Mouthfeel is puffy, cottony, yet wet and scrubby. Grapefruit in spades. Finishes with a wonderful citrus bitterness. This is a glorious IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 02:30:53 | More by DocJitsu
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to O'Brien's to check it out before the wet hop festival.

Low and behold they are pouring Alpine's Whale (wet hop ale)

Very nice, poured a dark amber color. Thin off white head, good lacing.

Soft scent of malt, hops and citrus.

This beer was very smooth, the finish was very different very slow developing bitterness that snuk up on me well after I had swallowed. Very full hop flavor.

Very nice and refreshing, crisp.

I can't wait to try the other wet hops at O'B's fest.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2005 04:33:41 | More by SteveO1231
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rhino54

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-18-2011 19:22:13 | More by rhino54
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MrFootstones

California

3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-15-2011 16:59:50 | More by MrFootstones
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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale) from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.